A text reads, ‘nite’…
A silent hug says, “I apologize”…
And an hour filled with, “Good Morning” and “Hello, how are you?”…Is simply the perfect way to live.
I had a perfect day today.
Working for the elderly affords me the pleasure of greeting at least a dozen happy senior citizens each morning. They are on their way to meet friends, take an exercise class, catch the bus to do a little shopping, or just meander about. Every one of them greets me ‘HELLO’ with a genuine, ‘I’m so glad to see you’ smile that reaches their eyes and deepens their laugh lines. It puts a spring in my step the rest of the day.
I encounter one man at the same time every day during his daily walk, wearing hot pink pants and carrying lime green weights… one in each hand. I am guessing he is in his 90s, and they are most likely one pound weights. Without fail our eyes meet and his face breaks out in a wide grin as he puts a little jaunt in his step, nods his head ‘good morning’ and continues down the hall. Another woman I run into is proud of her RED Reeboks… I make sure to compliment her excellent choice of footwear and she BEAMS, not remembering she told me the story of her purchasing them at least a dozen times already. I’ll listen a dozen more as if it’s the first I ever heard it. Each day I am reminded that making a person smile is all the payment required. It’s a two way street… I give as many smiles as I get.
A hug given in silence and totally unexpected tells me the person was sorry for their actions… and I can let go of the ‘grudge’ that consumes me. It wasn’t expected, or asked for… which made it all the more special. Which reminds me of a story in the Huffington Post I read a week or so ago. This woman, who won an achievement award for her poetry she had written about her ugly divorce was quoted as saying, “All I ever wished for was for my husband to take me by the hand and apologize”. See… life is simple. An apology can mean so much.
As far as the text goes. I have a friend that will text, “Nite”. That’s all… just, “Nite”… and I feel so special. I’m single and it’s so comforting to know someone thought enough of me to simply say Good Night. Another friend will text a picture of his adorable puppy when they think I need to smile… and yet another will upon occasion text me, “Morning Princess”. Nothing else needs to be said… no long conversations. Sometimes just a simple word will do.
I guess I’m just a simple girl.